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Directed by Antti-Jussi Annila

Finland, Estonia, Sweden 2017 103 mins. In Finnish, English, Russian

Based on Antti Tuuri’s bestselling novel, The Eternal Road tells the untold story of the many thousands of Communist Americans who answered Stalin’s call in the 1930s to build a new society in the USSR based on justice, equality, and freedom. They include Jussi Ketola, an idealistic American with Finnish origins. However, the dream of a paradise is quickly shattered by efforts of control by both fascists and Soviet secret police. Foreigners become seen as undesirable elements, and in time people start disappearing. (103 mins.) In Finnish, English, and Russian with English subtitles.

Filmography: Sauna (2008), Jade Warrior (2006)

Interviews: Cineuropa (video)



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